Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Luxe - really good dim sum in Langley


Luxe Chinese Seafood Restaurant

19653 Willowbrook Dr, Langley (Map)

Luxe Chinese Seafood Restaurant on Urbanspoon
Food: 4
Service: 3
Price: Fair (consider it's in Langley)

I don't think anyone will disagree if I say Richmond is the ultimate place for dim sum, with Vancouver following behind. Other than these two cities, I think the runner up would be Burnaby and the list would pretty much end there. Now what if I tell you I found a really good one in Langley, and I am not kidding either. To be more precise, it was more like Sherman found this hidden gem, and I just happen to reap the 'benefit' :).

The restaurant itself was very nice, I would consider it to be a little more upscale than some places such as Po King, but not as elaborate as Kirin. They even hand their own name plated on the chopsticks. Their method of serving is still push cart style which suits me just fine, as I prefer to see my food before ordering anyways.

The steamed sui mai ($3.95) was good, the meat was tender. However I much preferred the steamed scallop and prawn dumpling for the exact same price. Both the scallop and prawns were fresh and perfectly cooked.
Because we were seated in the private dining room, items are mostly gone by the time they reached us, so were specifically asked for the Chinese donut wrapped with rice roll ($4.75). Although the taste was good, but the Chinese donut was not crunchy enough and it was a bit cold. I think this dish has been sitting on the cart for a little while. The prawn and egg tofu ($.3.95) was steamed very well, but it was just too bland.

I always order steam ribs ($3.95), it's one of my favorite dim sum dishes. I have tried them all, bad to good, these ones were excellent. The ribs were tender, flavorful and meaty. The bottom layer of taro was good as well, it soaked up all the delicious garlic/hot pepper sauce.

I have to say I am impressed with Luxe, as the food here are certainly comparable with the restaurants in Richmond, just slightly pricier. Service was a lot better than what you get in Richmond, they were mostly friendly and no yelling at all (comparing with PoKing). Also most of the waitress here spoke pretty good English, but I guess they have to, consider 50% of the diners weren't Chinese. Anyways if you do plan to go, make sure you either arrive early or make reservation, as they do seem to be the only dim sum restaurant within a 10 km radius.


Sherman October 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Glad you enjoyed it Jenny! But don't give me credit. A reader named Sam tipped me off about this place! Also, there is actually another good place for good Dim Sum in Langley... Empire Seafood.

Jenny October 28, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Empire Seafood eh... I told R, and he seems to know what you are talking about. I think we will probably end up going there soon. Anyways, R and I are most likely start to explore that area more (reasons to be share next time in person). If you know any good ones, or would like to go check out any in that area.. let us know :)

Anonymous November 13, 2010 at 2:09 PM

A very good review. My partner and I are looking forward to giving Luxe a try very soon based on your review and the one Sherman wrote. We will have a look for Empire Seafood, too, as we love good dim sum and live in the area.

The Epicurean

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